Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fossil of the Day goes to ...

(If the video link doesn't work, you can find it here: You Tube Video: Fossil of the Day)

Check out this video of the "Fossil of the Day" award ceremony. The Fossil of the Day awards were first presented at the climate talks in 1999, when the members of the Climate Action Network (CAN) voted for countries judged to have "done their 'best' to block progress in the negotiations in the last days of the talks."

Yesterday, the Fossil of the Day went to Australia, who, despite the "crushing losses suffered by the Philippines" revealed that they would not put forward "any new finance commitments."

Today, the award went to Poland for a long list of reasons, according to the CAN media release: 

1. Continuously opposing the European Union from taking more ambitious climate action
2. Co-hosting a Coal Summit coinciding with the COP but not organizing any debate on renewable energy opportunities
3. Inviting polluting companies that openly oppose an ambitious climate action to sponsor the COP
4. Allowing the dirty side of European industry, Business Europe, to represent the business voice at the pre-COP
5. Writing mad postings on theofficial COP 19 website about the economic opportunities the melting Arctic will bring as well as chasing the "pirates, ecologists and terrorists" on the sea
6. Presenting delegates with standard climate denialist rhetoric through their mobile device app, repeating the old chestnut that "climate changes are natural phenomena, which occured (sic) many times on Earth"

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